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Wichita restaurant makes the state's best waffle, according to this national magazine

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Owners of two Wichita businesses traded food and drink for songs and bikes.
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Owners of two Wichita businesses traded food and drink for songs and bikes.

It's not as though Wichita is awash in waffles. The city doesn't even have a Waffle House, for goodness sake.

But the waffles it does have are the best in the state, at least according to Food Network Magazine, which recently put out a list called "50 States of Waffles."

The magazine's recently published list named one memorable waffle from each state. The winner for Kansas was Little Lion Ice Cream, which serves its waffles topped with its homemade ice cream. The waffles are most commonly served out of the restaurant's "petit cafe" inside Espresso to Go Go at 120 E. First St.

Here's what the magazine said about Wichita's decadent waffle:

"Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention; it's an age-old adage that's proven true in the founding of Little Lion Ice Cream. When Jubilee and Ian Miller couldn't find top-quality pints in Wichita, they took matters into their own hands, churning batches in a machine purchased as a birthday gift. Two carts and a cafe later, they aren't just making the best scoops in town, but also cooking up exceptional waffles. Fluffy rounds act as a base for Little Lion's creative flavors — think lime-coconut-avocado and mascarpone-beet — along with fruit compote and other toppings made from local ingredients."

FYI: The winner from Missouri Was Kansas City's Gram & Dun, a restaurant on the Country Club Plaza that earned a mention for its basic waffle, said to have a perfect texture.

Oklahoma's winner was Waffle Champion at 1212 N. Walker Ave. in Oklahoma City, which serves sweet- and savory-topped gourmet waffles.

Owners of two Wichita businesses traded food and drink for songs and bikes.

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